Welcome to Jon's Video Harp Club

The Foundation Series

The Blues Harp Foundation Series is dedicated to helping you master the basics of breathing and tone and embouchure. It will show you how to bend, how to get vibratto, how to articulate notes, how to organize your riffs into the I-IV-V. It is where every one should start. and where all players should return.

Single Topic Video Lessons The other videos cover other topics or take another approach to the same topics.
Song Series I will keep teaching you songs and adding guitar. I do not tab other harp players work, or tab improvisation.
The Rules: Please do not send the links to other people. However, feel free to download the files to your desk top and burn cds for your private use. Just keep them private. Allowing them to become unauthorized denizens of the internet drone will bring you bad luck, especially in the musical sense.

Our Next Jam Camps: March 27-31, 2012 -- sold out--, May 22-26, 2012 -almost sold out September 25-29, 2012 -- many spots left

MAC USERS download this program for easy use. http://www.flip4mac.com

Beginners, please don't just watch the Foundation series. Get good at each lesson before you consider it a lesson learned.

Jon Gindick's ESSENTIAL Video Foundation Series For Players of Diatonic Harmonica

Volume I Embouchure and breathing tips that build the foundation vibrato, tone and bending. Why you want to focus on The Foundation, and playing good chords BEFORE playing single notes. Tongue-blocking and Lip-blocking as main embouchures. Dynamics. Air control and exhale rhythm techniques. This is the lesson that should come free with every harp sold.


Volume II
Articulation and "Clicking" to shape notes and create rhythm. Using hands, bending, tonguing to create syllables and rhythm. Playing from throat. playing triplets. Adding the blues shuffle syllable for extra swing. Your first guitar jam using articulation, tone, vibrato, breathing, etc. Playing the I-IV-V chords on harmonica with guitar. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/2.%20Foundations%20Two.wmv

Volume III As you improve the tone of your chords, learn the Magic Triangle of the I-IV-V, learn to "swing" structure, jam with guitar, and also start chugging. Using chords to express songs. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/2.%20Foundations%20Three.wmv

Volume IV From Beautiful Relaxed, Controlled, Full and Vibrating chords to Beautiful Clear Ballsy Single Notes that you can bend. Focusing on the 2 draw. Lip-blocking and tongue-blocking embouchures. Articulating and note shaping from the throat. Solving problems in tone. Fixing foggy 2 draws. Mastering holes 1, 2, 3 and 4 draw as single notes. Using these single notes and articulation to improvise with guitar.


Volume V Bending holes 1, 2, 3, 4 with good tone. Using the secret method to bend and unbend all three notes in the 2 draw with good tone vibrato, and all four notes in the 3 draw. Developing the clicking muscle. Put bending into simple riffs and jamming with guitar. http://gindick.com/bandsongs/5.%20Foundations%20Five%20.wmv

Volume Volume VI Muscle memory and riffs. The Good Morning Riff 1d, 2b 2d. Making music out of the riff. Using the Question and answer format. Putting the riff into triplets. Several more riffs including The Up and Down Riff, The 6 Blown Down , and using them to jam with a variety of chord progressions. http://gindick.com/bandsongs/6.%20Foundations%20Six.wmv

Volume VII Gripping the harmonica, acoustic and amplified. Using splits and single notes to get the big amped sounds. Performance of Jon and band using Fender Deluxe and Green Bullet on "Driftin", minor key blues.

Volume  VIII Tongue-blocking and Amped Playing. Working tongue-blocks into your style, working octaves into your amplified style. Jamming with guitar. Plugging octaves in the amp.


What's New?

Jam Tracks --  Here is an exciting new collection of jamming tracks that I developed with musical partner, producer/ musician, Ralph Carter. Actually, Ralph did every thing, and I paid him. The guy is brilliant. Well, now is a good time to plug your mic into your amp, and pull out a few harps and start downloading. Keep 'em in the club!

Harp Jam Jam Tracks

Chicago Shuffle key of C, for F Cross Harp, B flat 3rd Position http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Chicago%20Shuffle%20G.mp3 

Easy Rhumba ,  key of http://gindick.com/bandsongs/EZ%20Rhumba%20G.mp3

Easy Swing  http://gindick.com/bandsongs/EZ%20Swing%20G.mp3

Thrill is Jon, G minor, C harp, 2nd position, F harp 3rd position http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Thrill%20is%20Jon%20Gm.mp3

Guava Java Key of G  http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Guava%20Java%20G.mp3

New York to Memphis  http://gindick.com/bandsongs/NY%20to%20Mermphis.mp3

Slow Blues in E  http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Soul%20Blues%20E.mp3

Power Boogie, Key of A  http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Power%20Boogie%20A.mp3

Chicago Born in A http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Born%20in%20Chicago%20groove.wma

Jam Track Lessons

20 to 40 minute Harp Jam Lessons in which Jon shows you how to use the riffs he teaches in both 2nd and 3rd position to jam with the Jam Tracks on the "Harp Jam" CD . 

Be patient downloading. These lessons are worth it!

Slow Blues Jam Track Lesson http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Slow%20Blues%20in%20E%20Jam%20Track%20Lesson.wmv

Thrill is Jon Lesson  http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Harp%20Jam.wmv

Chicago Shuffle Improvisation Lesson


Also New to Video Harp Club

 The Revised Country & Blues Harmonica for the Musically Hopeless Book


 CD Lesson, 73 Minutes of Fundamentals on Audio


Review Lessons

Secrets of Great Tone This succinct little lesson was on Youtube, and it will help you open your embouchure and articulate from your throat. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Tone%20.wmv

On Musicality: Here is a new lesson I think you will find real helpful. It's called "Jamming, Musicality, and Memory" and it's for people who are getting the mechanics down but are having problems actually being musical. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Jamming,%20Musicality%20and%20Memory.wmv

On Bending This lesson summarizes and helps get you bending. An excellent lesson to use as a drill. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/bending.wmv

On Tongueblocking Two additional lessons on the arts of tongue-blocking, and using them with riffs.

Volume I Mixing single notes, chords and octaves and effects with basic riffs to create a variety of shadings.

Volume II Mixing single notes, chords and octaves and effects with basic riffs to create a variety of shadings.

Using the 2-5 Split A harp and guitar lesson that focuses on the 2-5 split, a great tongue blocking technique that gives you a bluesy organ sound.   http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/2-5dSplit.wmv

Moving the Harp, Pull Ons and Pull Offs, Developing Grace and Fluidity A lesson that talks about and demonstrates how you can use slides and embochures changes to add texture and color to your harping.

"Bending the Blue Third" This lesson focuses on the 3 draw and the draw bends, and reviews the basics of bending that 3 draw, and hitting "The Blue Third." http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Bening%20Three%20Draw.wmv

The Learning Platform Lesson 

A Two-Part Jam Along Lesson that gives you a basic approach to improvising on 2nd position. A bottom-line thought mode that gets you playing the right notes, even before you understand the I-IV-V.

Volume I http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Improvisation%201.wmv

Volume II http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Improvisation%20II.wmv

Riffs & Jammming
I made this 40 minute lesson today after a phone consultation with student/camper, Judi. The lesson helps you learn and use several basic riffs and gives you lots of guitar music to jam with. It helps you understand the concepts of musicial tension and resolution, and also how you can start riffs on almost any note. For C harp. 


Understanding the I-IV-V Lessons
The basics of chord progressions are covered in The Foundation Series, reviewed and elaborated in these video lessons.
Easy I-IV-V Lesson that uses "The Good Morning Riff" to explain song structure.

Using Riffs (and Flashcards) to Understand Build Chord Progressions and Scales Degrees. 28 minutes, a funny, powerful lesson that shows you how you can take Jon's basic riffs and put them on flashcards and exchange them to create chord progressions.

Room To Move Riff to create a I-IV-V 7 minutes. This lesson will teach you the classsic “Room to Move”, “One Way Out” Riff, and also show you how you can use flatted 7th notes of the I, the IV, and the V chord to create a very cool pattern.

21 Riffs You Can Use http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/more%20riffs.wmv

Improvisation Videos

Percussion and Phrasing Lessons 
Within these lessons is contained the golden key of engaging and musical harp playing: playing percussively. The lessons in this section will help you develop your percusssive feeling. Esssential for all learning levels.

Play Harp Like A Drum 

If you can't make music on one note, how is adding more notes gonna help? This 10 minute video lesson explores that concept and helps you get percussion into your muscle memory. Jon will show you how you can articulation and swing hole 2 draw ONLY for minutes on end with varied phrasing ideas and use of rhythm and silence.


Using Percussion on Six Blow Down Riff 

Get Six Blow down into your muscle memory, and then learn to play it percussively, using it as a phrase instead of just a "riff." Change the last note to create I, IV, or V chords, articulate to change timing and use if a variety a rhythmic situations. What's 6 Blow Down? This riff: 6b 5d 4d 3d* 2d

Using A Metronome  

This lesson teaches you to use the metronome as a jamming partner. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Using%20a%20Metronome%20metro.wmv

Boogie Beat 

This lesson teaches you how to improvise harp over a one chord trance boogie. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Boogie%20Beat%20%20for%20A%20%20HarpJam%20Lesson%20.wmv

Using a Drum Machine Use this valuable tool to develop your rhythmic feel.


Minor Key Cross Harp 

Minor key music is a big part of the blues. Minor key cross harp is often the best solution to playing an accompaniment or song, like "Summertime." This lesson focuses on the few rules on 2nd position cross harp and lets you play with guitar. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Minor%20Key%20Cross%20Harp.wmv

Guitar Lessons Open G Tuning

This lesson shows you how to tune your guitar in open G, and gets you playing the basic I-IV-V chord progression in Open G. Great for beginners.

Harping and Singing 

Yes,you can sing. Your voice is an instrument too, and you can learn to use it. The main thing is to learn to sing on pitch, and the means support from your whole body, just like harp. Using your voice to imitaate harp, and harp to imitate voice is great ear training. You can also inter -change between voice and harp, singing a song, playing the riff that takes you to the next chord. Use this lesson to start singing.

Custom Lesson--Follow Up to Phone Lesson Jam Camper Dan needed a video review of our phone lesson. I thought this was useful enough to put up here.

Developing Speed 

Along with speed, I encourage quickness, and fluidity. It all comes from muscle memory and practice techniques. 

Introduction to Third Position


Part I http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/3RD%20POS.wmv 

Third Position Part II http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/PART%202%203RD.wmv

Third Position Part III http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/A%20minor%203rd%20position%20jam.wmv

"Trouble in Mind" Song and Lessonhttp://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/trouble%20in%20mind.wmv 

Tab for "Trouble in Mind" http://www.gindick.com/baNDSONGS/Trouble%20in%20Mind.pdf

Positions 1-6 plus 12 Overview 

Tab and Notes for Positions 1-6  PDF http://www.gindick.com/baNDSONGS/Seven%20Positions%20Of%20Diatonic%20Harp%20(2).pdf 

Non I-IV-V Chord Progressions http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Chord%20Progressions.wmv

More Bluesify Your Melody

51 jamming minutes as Jon shows you how to improvise and bluesify on meodies that are notes in the book. Specifically, you blend riffs with the songs. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Blueimprov%20123.wmv

Bluesify On Line audio pages http://www.gindick.com/bluesify.asp

Good Morning Little School Girl Guitar in key of B major,harp playing 3rd position on an A harp. Here's the signature riff I used.   http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/good%20morning.wmv.wmv
4d / 5b 4d 4b 3d** 3b 1d 2d* 1d
4d / 5b 4d 4b 3d* 3b

Chugging For C harp This lesson is on the elements of train imitation and chugging. Good for all levels. For C harp http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/chugging.wmv.wmv

Bluesify Your Melody Teaser This video demnstration shows you how useful the Book Blues Your Melody is, and why you should order it. For C harp. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/bluesify%20ii.wmv

Punch & Power Add energy and power to your harpin'. For C harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/punch%20and%20power.wmv

Tone & Bending Workshop I review embouchure bending articulation and help you bend better. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/tone%20and%20bending%20workshop.wmv

Q and A The idea is to develop your ear as I play simple riffs and bends for the ol' C harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/q%20and%20a%20riffs.wmv

Bird on a Wire Original song by Jon, for your A harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/bird.wmv

Song Lessons
"The Work Song" in 3rd position for G harp. Do check out my performance with harp,vocal and guitar at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HIE7msmQow . 

Be sure to give it the ranking it deserves. Get tab, lyrics with guitar chords in .pdf at http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/worksong.pdf 

Upload a 14 minute video with performance, slow-motion run-through, with guitar at http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/work%20lesson.wmv

Amazing Grace Lesson and Tab

Midnight Special Performed http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Midnight%20Special%20performed.wmv
and Taught 
Part I http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/1.%20Midnight%20Special%20vol%20I 20mid.wmv 



Midnight Special Part II http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/2.%20Midnight%20Specia%20Vol%20II%20mid.wmv

Part III http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/3.%20Midnight%20Special%20Vol%20III%20.wmv

Midnight Special Pdf http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Midnight%20Tab.pdf

Sonny Boy Williamson's "Bring It On Home"

Sonny Boy's "Keep It To Yourself" Lesson and Tab

"Since I Fell For You" Lesson and Tab

"Night Life" Performance 

"Summertime"in 2nd Position Tab and lesson that teaches you this bluesy classic.

"Mac The Knife" Tab and lesson that teaches you this fun song.

"What A Wonderful World" Lesson  and Tab and Performance

"Whiter Shade of Pale"  -3rd Position G harp. Performance

Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" -- Low F harp  -- Performance

The Glory of Love -- 2nd Position,  C harp  - Performance

"Little Wing"  Guitar Jam Track with no harp, then Jon's Harp Performance using C harp



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